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2015 Mercurey Domaine Faiveley   2015 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands Domaine Faiveley   2015 Corton Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley   2011 Corton Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley   2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers Domaine Faiveley   2015 Puligny-Montrachet Paul Pernot et ses Fils   2015 Chassagne-Montrachet Château de la Maltroye   2015 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin   2015 Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay  
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2015 Mercurey Domaine Faiveley

Mercurey in the Cote Chalonnaise is the largest appellation in all of Burgundy with over 650 hectares under vine. Domaine Faiveley's village Mercurey is sourced from 5 parcels spread throughout the appellation for a little over 38 hectares. The oldest plantings of these vines dates back as far as 1962. The soils are primarily clay and limestone. The grapes are hand harvested, sorted and pressed on site in Mercurey. Following vinification the young wines are brought to the domaine cellars in Nuits-Saint-Georges for aging in a combination of stainless steel and oak for 12 to 14 months prior to release. This 2015 vintage if somewhat deeper in color than previous vintages remains a lovely translucent cherry skin red in color with alluringly ripe aromas suggestive of baking spices and cherries and dark ripe fleshy peppery Pinot noir berries along with a hint of the sun-parched vineyard floor; starts out supple and silken, yes, but then almost velvety-textured, then firm and if somewhat more densely-packed and uncharacteristically vigorous, just plain delicious with fine fresh tannins carrying piquant, bursting mouthwatering Burgundian Pinot noir flavor long and strong to the finish.

$24.99 the bottle  $254.88 the case

2015 Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Myglands Domaine Faiveley

(13.5% natural alcohol; this wine had been in stainless steel since the beginning of October and was scheduled to be bottled the week after my mid-November visit): Bright, dark red. Spicy, high-pitched aromas and flavors of raspberry, pomegranate and orange zest. Juicy and intense, showing moderate fleshiness and a light touch. The clay and limestone soil here includes an iron component. Rated (88-90). - Stephen Tanzer,, January, 2017

$47.50 the bottle  $242.28 the case of 6

2015 Corton Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley

(entirely destemmed, as these thick-skinned grapes were extremely high in tannins and total polyphenols): Saturated dark red-ruby. Distinctly dark aromas of black cherry, licorice and violet convey an impression of medicinal reserve. Powerful black cherry, crunchy raspberry and licorice flavors boast remarkable intensity and energy but come across as less austere at this stage than normal. A huge wine with the structure for a 25-year evolution in bottle but there's something almost feminine about its fine-grained texture. The major tannins are totally supported by fruit on the classic, penetrating, extremely long aftertaste. A great wine in the making. (Erwan Faiveley noted that this was the most impressive must he's ever tasted.) The IPT (indice polyphenols totaux) here is a whopping 90, compared to a normal 50, according to Jerome Flous, who added that the record for this cuvée was 103 in 2005. Rated (95-97). - Stephen Tanzer,, January, 2017

$262.50 the bottle  $1,338.78 the case of 6

2011 Corton Clos des Cortons Domaine Faiveley

Medium red. Ineffable nose and palate offer red fruits, minerals, spices and flowers, complicated by game, earth and leather. Sweet, concentrated and very intense, boasting outstanding density and a fine-grained texture, with salty minerality giving the wine a weightless impression that's remarkable considering its density. A strong tannic spine and brisk acidity energize and draw out the finish of this sharply delineated, pristine grand cru. Rated 94. - Stephen Tanzer,, March, 2014

$200.00 the bottle  $1,020.00 the case of 6

2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers Domaine Faiveley

Bright red-ruby. Ripe, wonderfully complex scents of redcurrant, plum, dark cherry, animal fur, minerals and sexy oak, plus suggestions of darker berries. Round, silky and sweet, with its full ripeness leavened by saline, soil-driven minerality. A crunchy raspberry element is nicely shaped on the finish by suave tannins. The longest of these 2015s to this point in my tasting, this wine boasts grand cru volume. Its impression of rising length reminded me a bit of the superb Chambolle-Musigny Les Fuées. Rated (92-95). - Stephen Tanzer,, January, 2017

$137.50 the bottle  $701.28 the case of 6

2015 Puligny-Montrachet Paul Pernot et ses Fils

Paul Pernot quietly produces among the finest of white Burgundy wines from among the finest Burgundian white wine vineyards at prices that are for this hallowed ground, at least, still within reason. And their village level Puligny is a most useful and delicious wine: discreet aromas of autumnal rain-soaked limestone and citrus peel, with nuance of vanilla and orange zest after some aeration; ample, um, just plump, ripe and well-rounded on the tongue (one can increasingly sense the tactile nature of such white Burgundy wines from le millésime solaire), gently rich, almost luxurious in texture but with pith and nerve on a stony backdrop with gentle mouthwatering acidity carrying ripe Burgundian Chardonnay flavor long on the finish. Regularly $62.50 the bottle, on sale now at 25% off:

$46.88 the bottle

2015 Chassagne‑Montrachet Château de la Maltroye

(Jean-Pierre) Cournut describes his 2015s as "pungent, precise, minerally wines with long aging potential" but also noted that it was a "very particular" vintage for him, as he made just half a crop overall — "even less than in 2012" — but experienced sharp differences in yields among his holdings. He started harvesting on August 27 with good acidity, but noted that some of his neighbors did not begin until eight days later, by which time acid levels in the grapes had plunged. He summed up by asserting that 2015 is "the best white vintage I've ever made." Pale green-tinged yellow. Lively scents of lime, menthol, white flowers and minerals. Dry, serious, classic village wine with noteworthy juicy lift to its pear and mineral flavors. Finishes with lovely length and no rough edges. Drink 2019-2024. Rated 89. - Stephen Tanzer, from the article 2016 & 2015 White Burgundy by Stephen Tanzer, September, 2017. Regularly $57.50 the bottle, on sale now at 25% off:

$43.13 the bottle

2015 Saint-Véran Joseph Drouhin

The lovely village of Saint-Vérand (note the different spelling) is located half-hidden amongst the hills in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy, between Pouilly-Fuissé and the Beaujolais. Its Jurassic chalky soils are a continuation of the limestone strata found in the Côte d'Or and are ideal for growing Chardonnay grapes. Harvested by hand the grapes are immediately and gently pressed, then passed into stainless steel to undergo a slow and cool fermentation. The wine is bottled the following spring to retain its inherent freshness, fruitiness and roundness. Green-gold in color with discreet and pure Chardonnay aromas suggesting flesh of crisp green apple, citrus and stone; fine, elegant Chardonnay flavors are refreshingly crisp and mineral, but at the same time broadening on the tongue, becoming more sumptuous and satisfying, delivering a nice wallop of excellent dry white Burgundy wine for the price of mere everyday Chardonnay.

$17.50 the bottle  $178.56 the case

2015 Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay

The «Les Charmes» vineyard near the village of Lugny in the Mâconnais region of southern Burgundy is prized for its exceptional southern exposure and for the age of its vines, averaging some 40 years of age on the whole. Around here, we prize its production as among the surest of bets for value in dry white wine. Vinified entirely in stainless steel and bottled sans bois, that is, unlumbered, 100% unencumbered by oak, at the nearby Cave de Lugny; green-gold in color, the wine is fresh and vibrant with aromas that would suggest hazelnut, citrus flower and acacia honeys on a foundation of refreshing summer rains on limestone; medium-bodied, ample in weight, with a clean, crisp and lasting flavor on the finish. Given the consistently excellent quality and its extremely fair price, it’s not much wonder that Mâcon-Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay is among the best-selling of white Burgundies in the United States!

$11.99 the bottle  $122.28 the case

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